Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Dad's Famous Marinara Sauce

Good morning everyone! Dallas has been cold, rainy, and dreary all weekend and week so far, so I was not able to do any outfit posts. To make up for it I have been cooking non stop at the house so I have plenty of recipes to share with you all week. I would like to start off with my Father's famous marinara sauce that he has been making for years and takes me right back to very fond childhood memories.  Today I am just discussing the sauce recipe, however I will do the meatballs tomorrow and my dad and I like to cook them in the sauce to add flavor. I hope you enjoy this family favorite!

Joel P's Marinara Sauce



  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
  • 2 large cans (28 oz I believe) of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 large cans (28 oz I believe) of tomato puree
  • 2 small cans (12 oz) of tomato paste
  • 1 large can (28 oz I believe) of water
  • 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil



Heat up a large pot or dutch oven (I used both because I made 1 and 1/2 batches) over medium heat. Add  your olive oil, garlic, and onions and saute until onions become translucent and start to brown. Add your tomatoes, paste, water, and spices. 

You may stop here to keep it a vegetarian dish. If you would like to add a bit more flavor, stay tuned for tomorrows post!

Turn to low, cover and simmer for three hours. Serve over pasta and enjoy!



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